otocyst

noun

oto·​cyst ˈō-tə-ˌsist How to pronounce otocyst (audio)
: a fluid-containing organ of many invertebrates that contains an otolith : statocyst
otocystic adjective

Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary; from its probable auditory function

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of otocyst was in 1874

Dictionary Entries Near otocyst

Cite this Entry

“Otocyst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/otocyst. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

otocyst

noun

oto·​cyst ˈōt-ə-ˌsist How to pronounce otocyst (audio)
1
: a fluid-containing organ of many invertebrates that contains an otolith
2
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ